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Boutrais Portrait Petzval 330mm F4.5 (very early)

€1200.00 EUR

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History: A very interesting Portrait petzval for the 8x10 format. The lens is engraved with:

'2914 - A. Boutrais. OPTen - Quai des Grands Augustine, 39 - Paris'

It was made by a very early and small french manufacturer A. Boutrais. Since the early 1850ies Boutrais specialized in optical equipment for Dageurrotype cameras and later the wetplate proccess. Compared to the big rivals like Derogy or Hermagis he produced only few lenses (a couple hundred) that were still held in high regard for their optical abilities. This specimen can be dated back to the 1860ies.



Condition: The lens is in very nice and authentic condition. The brass of the lens comes with a warm patina, showing only minimal wear. The rack & pinion is comple but not really working. The glass is in really quite good condition, there are a couple of cleaning marks, especially in the rear, but overall its very clear. All in all i tested this baby on the ground glass and the image was very nice with a tack sharp center and a nice falloff.


This lens has about 330mm focal lenght (13") and an open aperture of F4.5. It will work for 8x10 format and maybe even 10x12 with a nice petzval character especially at portrait distance.


Lens comes with a fitting flange and a fine made leather lenscap.





height: 21cm
width: 10cm
weight: 1900gr





Insured and tracked shipping cost:

Germany - 10 eur
EU* - 30 eur
Worldwide - 80 eur


*(the site offers only 2 shipping variations, DE and worldwide. buyers from EU please either contact me beforehand for a reduced EU cost, or after buying so i can send a refund over the difference)







Importent Note: This item comes from my private collection and is around 100 years old (antique). I try my best to describe all the faults and major damage which are relevant for the function of this item. But the actuall item can show signs of wear and also some cosmetic blemishes/damage which is not described in the auction text! When buying this item the buyer agrees to this terms.

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